A Full Bowl of Slow-Cooker Beef Stew with Bread Slices and a Fork

MOUTH-WATERING
SLOW COOKER ROAST

with Tender Harvest Vegetables

Boeuf bourguignon, a classic French beef stew, is renowned for its rich flavors and tender meat that melts in your mouth.

Traditionally, this dish requires hours of slow cooking to develop its complex taste and achieve the perfect texture. However, the lengthy preparation time can be a challenge, especially for busy individuals or those with young children to care for.

To make this delicious dish more accessible for modern lifestyles, consider using a pressure cooker or slow cooker to shorten the cooking time without compromising on taste.

These kitchen appliances can help you achieve similar results in a fraction of the time, allowing you to enjoy the savory goodness of boeuf bourguignon with minimal effort.

Additionally, you can prepare a larger batch and freeze leftovers for quick and convenient meals on hectic days. With a few adjustments, you can savor this classic comfort food without the stress of a lengthy cooking process.

A SLOW SEASONAL DELIGHT

When corn cobbs begin to ripen in their golden husks and the tops of bright orange carrots push their way up through the soil, harvest time has begun. 

Filling my basket with edible gems as I walk up and down colorfully straight rows is one of my favourite things to do. Adding those gems to a recipe that’s filled with comforting, cold-weather goodness is another.  

Slow cookers are a wonderful way to create delicious and comforting meals using these gems with minimal effort. This roast recipe, whether made with tender beef or vegan alternatives, promises to fill your home with enticing aromas and flavors.

By combining savory garden vegetables and fresh herbs, you can elevate the dish to a new level of taste and sophistication. The slow cooking process allows the ingredients to meld together, resulting in a tender and flavorful meal that is sure to satisfy your taste buds.

After hours of slow simmering, you’ll have a beef and veggie stew that’ll have family and friends following their noses straight to your table. 

A KID-FRIENDLY BEEF STEW

The root vegetables in this are optional and flexible to accommodate whatever you have growing in your own garden and your children’s’ preferences. It’s also written without the Burgundy wine. If you’d like, though, go ahead and exchange the Worcestershire and BBQ sauce for a cup of your favourite red.

In a fast-paced world, full of chaotic days and often challenging nights, the opportunity to tune it all out, and let your slow cooker roast make itself, is one to be savored. 

Then, enjoy a quiet supper, reconnecting through lovely, undistracted conversation, over a meal that tastes like safety and comfort. Like home.

Total Prep Time:
6-8 Hours

Servings in Recipe:
6

Serving Size:
2 cups

Calories Per Serving:
576

Total Prep Time: 6-8 Hours


Servings in Recipe: 6


Serving Size: 6 oz bowl


Calories Per Serving: 576

A Full Bowl of Slow-Cooker Beef Stew with Bread Slices and a Fork

SLOW COOKER ROAST

Ingredients

  • Beef chuck or similar inexpensive cut (minimum 910 grams / 2 pounds), cubed.
  • 1/2 cup spicy BBQ sauce
  • 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup of water
  • 3 cloves of garlic, sliced (or 1 tsp garlic powder)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 large, yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 large, red potatoes, cubed
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Mouth-Watering Slow Cooker Roast with Tender Harvest Vegetables. Cubed Beef, Carrots, Celery, Potatoes and Onions.
Mouth-Watering Slow Cooker Roast with Tender Harvest Vegetables. Cubed Beef, Carrots, Celery, Potatoes and Onions.

Directions

  • Place unseasoned, cubed beef in your slow cooker.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • If using garlic powder, add it at this time.
  • Add vegetables evenly around the roast in the slow cooker.
  • Sprinkle garlic slices evenly over vegetables.
  • Add bay leaf and water.
  • Pour Worcestershire sauce and spicy BBQ sauce over the roast. Over time, these sauces, combined with the protein juices, will form a savory broth.
  • Set your slow cooker to low for 6-8 hours, depending on how tender you like things.
  • At suppertime, present your delicious slow cooker roast at the table. Serve with a loaf of crusty bread with melted butter or a crisp, side salad with a light vinaigrette dressing.

SLOW COOKER ROAST FAQ

Is it better to slow-cook a roast on low or high?

The highest benefit of a slow cooker is its ability to perfectly cook a wide variety of recipes over an extended period of time. While certain recipes can achieve this on the higher setting, this slow cooker roast will reach optimal tenderness and flavour on the low setting.

Whether to use a low or high setting largely depends on your desired outcome and time constraints. But, slow-cooking this roast stew on a low setting typically results in a more tender and flavorful experience as the longer cooking time allows the connective tissues to break down slowly.

This method is ideal for tougher cuts of meat like chuck or brisket. On the other hand, cooking a roast on high can be a good option if you are short on time, as it will cook less dense cuts of meat faster.

Do you have to brown the roast before putting it in a slow cooker?

Searing can also create a caramelized surface on the meat that will only add to the overall flavour profile of your dish.

Browning the roast before putting it in a slow cooker is not a strict requirement, but it can enhance the flavour and appearance of the final dish.

When you brown the roast, you create a Maillard reaction, which adds depth and complexity to the flavor profile. It also helps seal in the juices, resulting in a more tender and flavorful meat.

However, if you’re short on time or prefer a simpler preparation method, you can skip this step and still achieve a tasty meal in the slow cooker. Just make sure to season the roast well before placing it in the slow cooker to ensure a delicious outcome.


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